The 2014 Infiniti QX60 crossover -- formerly known as the JX35 -- will launch with a new hybrid powertrain at the New York auto show. The new model will be 24 percent more fuel efficient and $3000 more expensive than a standard V-6-powered QX60.
The Infiniti QX60 (shown above) will use a new hybrid drivetrain that consists of a supercharged 2.5-liter inline-four engine and a 20-hp electric motor, with total combined output of 250 hp. Infiniti parent company Nissan announced that four-cylinder hybrid powertrain as far back as fall 2011, and later revealed that the setup would fit in any front-wheel-drive Nissan platform.
Two months ago at the Detroit auto show, Nissan executive vice president Andy Palmer confirmed to us that Nissan would install a four-cylinder hybrid driveline in the Altima sedan, Murano crossover, and Pathfinder crossover. The Infiniti QX60 is mechanically identical to the Pathfinder, and both are built on essentially the same platform as the Altima and Murano, so it's no surprise the uplevel model will score the same hybrid setup as its platform mates.
Palmer told us to expect 15 new Nissan hybrids by 2016. The Altima, Murano, and Pathfinder account for three of those. Also due this year is a V-6 hybrid version of the new Infiniti Q50 sports sedan.
Because the Infiniti QX60 hybrid's lithium-ion battery pack will be mounted below the rear seats and reportedly won't affect passenger or cargo room, it's possible the hybrid drivetrain would only be offered with front-wheel drive. The battery pack likely takes up space needed for the rear driveshaft and differential.
Currently, the front-wheel-drive version of the 2013 Infiniti JX35, which uses a 265-hp 3.5-liter V-6 and is pictured below, returns 18/24 mpg (city/highway) in EPA testing and starts at $42,245 (including a $995 destination charge.) Infiniti says the new hybrid version will return 26 mpg combined and will cost at least $45,245.